Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date: late 16th–early 17th century
Dimensions: H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Diam. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1993
Accession Number: 1993.176
The richly carved scene of a scholar gentleman riding in a moonlight landscape is also found in Chinese paintings dating to the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The scholar is riding on horseback while four young attendants carry his supplies and a fifth hastens to open the gate to the family compound. The scholar gentleman is understood to be returning from a spring outing filled with wine and poetry.